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Flight Attendant Instant Vacation Trades with Open Time Now Available

Date: December 6, 2017
Type: AFA Article

Instant vacation trades opened on December 5, 2017 at 8:00 AM Local Domicile Time (LDT), and will remain open throughout the balance of the 2018 schedule year. If you wish to trade for an open vacation period you will need to submit a vacation trade with open time request. The latest the trade request must be submitted is thirty (30) days before the earliest calendar month involved in the trade.

We are receiving some questions in the Local Councils and at the MEC office asking if processed trades that have been rejected remain on file for consideration later.  The answer to this question is no.  Vacation trades with open time are “instant” trades.  Once entered, they are either accepted or rejected.  Once processed, these trade requests do not remain on file for further consideration.  If you wish for any request to be considered at a later time, you must re-enter the trade.

Flight Attendants wishing to trade with open time not currently available should continue to check the allocation matrix because the following circumstances can affect available vacation days.

  • Any vacation days awarded, that are vacated later (e.g. separation from company, retirement, etc.)  will be added to the allocations. 
  • If a Flight Attendant trades down to fewer vacation days with another Flight Attendant or for open vacation days, any surplus of unused days will be added to the allocations for use by another Flight Attendant.

Additional information concerning the Vacation Instant Trade with Open Time option, including a step-by-step guide on how to submit a trade on CCS is available in the 2018 Vacation Modification Guide.

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